There’s been a lot of hype surrounding the new 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 vs 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500, especially for a mid-generation refresh. In fact, the more you think about it, it may come to mind that the GMC Sierra and the Chevy Silverado are cousins in the General Motor stable of brands. Both are highly reliable, fun-to-drive trucks with fantastic capability. So what’s the big deal? What makes these trucks more sensational than their predecessors?
We know that each model year brings changes for vehicles. Sometimes these changes are pretty significant, while other times, it’s more of a sprucing up. This year, both GMC and Chevy have chosen to atone for some previously ill-received stylistic choices, as well as rolling out brand new models to the lineup. As a result, each model can flaunt a more diverse portfolio of capabilities. But how do you know which model makes the most sense for your lifestyle? Check out some of the key new and exciting features of both the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500.
All New Models: AT4X, Denali Ultimate, and ZR2
One thing nearly every modern pickup truck driver values is options and diversity in the models available. Some drivers need better control over a variety of terrain, while others need powerful towing capacity. But all drivers want a truck that’s fun to drive and gets the job done.
To that end, GMC and Chevy have both added new trim levels to their lineups for 2022. Whether it’s adventure you crave, or the most deluxe ride possible, both manufacturers have added special flair to the lineup to create the ultimate driving experience for a wider range of drivers.
GMC has added two new Sierra 1500s to the mix: the Denali Ultimate and the AT4X, both of which manage to elevate classics. Drivers may be familiar with the Denali as the highest trim level for a variety of GM vehicles. Therefore, the idea of something even more luxurious than the Denali may seem impossible. And yet, GMC has managed to outdo their own high standards with the Denali Ultimate.
Everything is top of the line on this model, including the standard 6.2L V8 engine, which provides an impressive 420 horsepower and 460 lb/ft of torque good for towing up to 13,000 pounds. The CarbonPro carbon fiber composite bed is a first in the industry, and when paired with the six-function MultiPro tailgate, creates perhaps the strongest and most work-friendly bed yet. Inside, you’ll find full-grain leather upholstery, a premium Kicker sound system, as well as heated and ventilated front seats. For an extra appreciation of your Denali Ultimate, turn on one of the multiple massage settings.
For those who are more interested in exploring past the beaten path, the first-ever Sierra AT4X takes the off-road-ready AT4 to a new extreme. Equipped with Goodyear Wrangler DuraTrac mud tires, off-road chassis, front and rear electronic locking differentials, and plenty of skid plates, the AT4X is dressed for any occasion. Inside the cabin, however, you’ll notice the comfort level is taken up a notch, as well. Equipped with the heating, cooling, and massaging seats from the Denali Ultimate, you’ll be able to rock and roll in style.
Chevrolet is debuting the Silverado 1500 ZR2 in 2022. This off-road machine is ready for adventure in every way possible. Under the hood is the highly capable 420 horsepower 6.2L V8 engine. This engine is paired with a 10-speed transmission featuring an Electronic Transmission Range Selector to assist drivers in finding just the right push while exploring a variety of terrain. A specially designed steel front bumper provides an enhanced 31.8-degree approach angle, and skid plates protect the good stuff. The exterior is given a special nod, too, with a black grille and tracer-animated LED headlamps.
Fresh Face, New Interior: A Total Refresh
When the brand new generation of Chevy Silverado 1500 made its debut in 2019, critics were quick to point out that the interior wasn’t quite as fresh as the rest of the model. Indeed, many felt that while the technology and engineering were there, the design didn’t quite hit the mark. With the 2022 Silverado 1500, Chevy is here to make amends with one of the most deluxe standard interiors in the segment.
The key ingredient to Chevy’s new interior is technology, with a configurable 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster taking front and center. This is complemented by a 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment system towards the middle of the dashboard. Configured for integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, this infotainment system is more capable than ever, with Google voice assistant connecting drivers and passengers alike to maps and the app store.
While the WT, Custom, and Custom Trail Boss trims didn’t get quite the same makeover, drivers of the LT, LT Trail Boss, RST, LTZ, ZR2, and High Country trims will notice deluxe, soft-touch materials in the cabin, including open-pore wood trim and stainless steel speakers.
Of course, the Chevy Silverado 1500 wasn’t the only vehicle to receive a 2022 makeover. The GMC Sierra 1500 also includes a stunning digital dash array featuring Google Assistant and live traffic updates, a 12 speaker Bose system with Centerpoint surround sound, an available 15-inch head up display, and 14 available exterior camera views, including Bed View and Surround Vision.
Brand New Technology: Drive Hands Free
New technology isn’t limited to the interior of the cabin in either the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 or the Chevy Silverado 1500. For 2022, GMC is excited to announce that hands-free driving will be a possibility for Sierra 1500 drivers. Super Cruise will be offered as an available option on the Denali and Denali Ultimate trims. For the first time, this hands-free technology, which gives drivers the ability to drive hands-free on over 200,000 miles of mapped highway, can even be engaged while pulling a trailer. When you’re not towing, Super Cruise will also be able to complete lane changes and maintain steering and a set speed simultaneously.
The 2022 Chevy Silverado High Country will also include the option of Super Cruise technology, but many drivers are particularly thrilled at the Silverado 1500’s increased towing performance. The Duramax 3.0L inline-six diesel engine has been given some attention, leading to an increase in towing capacity to 13,300 pounds when equipped with the Max Towing Package. This is excellent news for those who need their truck to be extra-versatile, regardless of the task at hand.
It wouldn’t be fair to call the 2022 GMC Sierra 1500 and 2022 Chevy Silverado 1500 “identical cousins.” In fact, there’s plenty to love about each of them, in different ways.
Drivers who appreciate a full range of options and choices when it comes to building the ideal truck will rejoice at the new trim offerings. For extended luxury, the GMC Denali Ultimate will tempt drivers with a smooth, quiet, comfortable ride… along with a bonus backrub. Meanwhile, for those who prefer to ride the trails in high style, the AT4X brings its own touch of class to a rugged and capable vehicle. On the Chevy side, the ZR2 lets drivers take a walk on the wild side like never before.
The good news doesn’t stop there. The GMC Sierra and Chevy Silverado both receive new in-cabin technology, including a digital gauge cluster and a giant 13.4-inch infotainment system. This commitment to technology extends beyond the creature comforts, of course, providing drivers with desirable features such as improved towing capacity and the new Super Cruise technology. For those in the market for a full-size pickup truck, 2022 will be an excellent year to spend time on the road, with new truck offerings that make driving more comfortable and enjoyable than ever before.